Kamaru Usman believes he would ship a ‘savage beating’ to Conor McGregor if the pair ever met, however insists he by no means took the prospect to face him.
‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ is aiming to make it 17 straight wins when he faces Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261 in a rematch of their Combat Island battle final yr.
Usman has overwhelmed a plethora of prime contenders within the welterweight division, with new challengers turning into laborious to seek out.
Leon Edwards, Tyron Woodley, Colby Covington and Gilbert Burns have all fallen to the 33-year-old, with McGregor additionally touted as a possible opponent.
‘The Infamous’ has fought 3 times as a welterweight in his skilled profession, with rumours he was eyeing the 170lbs title in 2020.
However Usman believes the Irishman has no real interest in a combat with him and steered McGregor rejected a title shot.
“Conor is aware of he doesn’t need these issues,” he instructed TMZ. “I’ve supplied him a title combat … I’ve given Conor the shot. Conor, you will have the shot if you’d like it.
“Conor doesn’t need it, ? On the finish of the day, he gained’t say my title, as properly. He was silent.”
Usman is without doubt one of the most achieved wrestlers at the moment preventing within the UFC, honing his putting abilities below Coach Trevor Wittman and even knocking out former teammate Burns in February.
Given the disparity in measurement between the 2 males, Usman believes the result’s already a foregone conclusion and steered he doesn’t even entertain the thought of a combat.
“Come on, man. Come on,” he added.
“That’s not even… It’s so unhealthy that’s not even one thing I entertain in my thoughts anymore, as a result of that’s simply how savage a beating that may be. It’s nearly a waste of mind energy with what I’d do to him.”
McGregor has fought simply 3 times since 2018, dropping two of these fights, together with his most up-to-date octagon outing towards Dustin Poirier in January.
But he stays one of many largest attracts in fight sport and Usman had nothing however respect for his star energy.
“I’m pleased with Conor for all the things that he’s achieved,” he concluded. “He’s actually set the bar excessive. I give respect the place respect is due. I credit score him for that.
“However we’re talking as blended martial artists. If you wish to problem me, that’s not even a problem. That is mindless, which is why he’s stayed silent.”